December 04, 2011

A Stroll in the City of Sultans

THERE'S a moment in Istanbul when the realisation hits. You've looked at maps, you've seen where the attractions are, you've plotted ways to get between them. But it's only when you stand in the small space between two of the city's drawcards - the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia - that you understand how close everything is.

Some cities were made for walking. Istanbul is one of them. You could roll out a carpet between the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, and most of the city's other attractions are similarly close. There's a palace a few hundred metres away; ancient baths just up the road and the Spice Bazaar down the hill.

Given the insane state of the traffic most days, walking around Istanbul makes sense. Visit The Sydney Morning Herald's website for a tour of the city's highlights on foot...

Read more on The Sydney Morning Herald: A Stroll in the City of Sultans


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